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sound the alarm

1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and sound the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to sound the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
See also: alarm, sound
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Summary: The weather department has sounded the alarm and asked residents to be cautious while out near the sea
Summary: Moncef Mattoussi, CEO of the Tunisian Company of Petroleum Activities (ETAP), sounded the alarm about the impact of protest movements by unemployed youth in El Kamour, governorate of Tataouine.
Summary: Lebanon's Press Federation sounded the alarm Thursday over what it said was the increasing rate of lawsuits by political parties and officials against media figures filed with judicial authorities rather than the Court of Publications.
And now Germany and France have sounded the alarm bells too and are having a crisis meeting over the same icebergs at the EU if the detractors have not yet got the message that this is serious we are in trouble.
He turned the cooker off at the mains and sounded the alarm straight away.
Alexander Murray Anderson, 61, sounded the alarm when he found that their van had been boxed in and was attacked by raiders armed with pick-axes and sledge-hammers in Hartlepool.
And when Big Brother finally sounded the alarm it was met with grim faces and groans.
Last week, the Anti-Defamation League sounded the alarm saying that Klan membership and activity are on the rise.
Mr Noble wrote: "In July 2003 Interpol concluded that the link between organised crime and counterfeit goods was well established and sounded the alarm that (intellectual property crime) was becoming the preferred method of funding for a number of terrorist groups.
In late February, The Washington Post expressed doubt whether Greenspan "has done enough" by raising rates; Robert Samuelson of Newsweek has sounded the alarm for higher rates in three columns.
While September 11th sounded the alarm for government change, subsequent events like Hurricane Katrina have underscored the need for leaders with the vision and passion to overcome bureaucracy and organizational barriers to make a lasting difference for the American people.
A spokesman in Kolkata, India, said: "We sounded the alarm and were looking for him everywhere.
One of the district's environmental health inspectors first sounded the alarm Friday morning while checking repair work to the school's electrical systems.
Callahan's team with scientists at the Vector Viral Research Institute in Siberia -- by detecting avian flu in Siberian wildfowl -- sounded the alarm that added to worldwide measures for control.
Looks like the NRA was right when it sounded the alarm back in 1989 about the Roos/Roberti registration scheme.